DIFFA's Dining by Design is a gala event for the Interior Design industry made up of two nights of fun and fundraising. The event raises money for DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS), which is one of the country’s largest supporter of direct care for people living with HIV/AIDS. The funds raised are donated to the Positive Health Program part of the UCSF AIDS Research Institute.

Stephanie was heavily involved in the planning and production of the 2011 event. Involvement included:

  • Participation on the steering committee for the event, which entailed:
    • Monthly meetings to oversee the design and production of the event
    • Procurement of corporate sponsors to fund table designers
    • Fundraising events to help fund the event at large
  • Chair person of the Table Hop and Taste preview cocktail party, an event at which the public was invited to view the tables while sipping on cocktails and small bites from particpating restaurants. In this role I:
    • Acted as Sponsorship Manager, procuring restaurants to serve bites at the event
    • Acted as Chair Person to oversee the design and production of the event
  • Table Producer of the Communal Dining Area, a section of three tables. As producer, I:
    • Selected three designers to design the tables
    • Selected table themes
    • Met weekly with the designers to ensure that the table designs worked together
    • Acted as a liaison between the table designers and the steering committee
    • Produced signage and other graphic elements for the event



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